10-16-2010, 11:01 AM
Re: Taking a dunk with waders on
I think Mark is on it again.
The trick is to plan on swimming.
Always wear a wading belt!
Always bring a change of clothes!
Always look where you may be swimming, holes, strainers, etc. downstream,
before you cast to Walter.
It may never happen, but be ready just in case.
After taking more than a few dips, I can say it is scary.
The goal is to roll out of the water on your side, and then roll around like a walrus, until your feet are up hill. Thus, draining the waders, so you can stand up.
At 7.35 lbs per gallon, it really adds up.
A quality PFD is about $120. What's your life worth?
Neoprene waders are buoyant, and tight fitting, so take on less water.
Breathables are neutral, and more loose fitting (even with a belt), so take on a little more.
The rubber boot fit style, without a belt, are very close to a sea anchor.
The last thing, if you wade deep, and by yourself, you are asking for it (especially in winter).
Like I always say, "Have fun, be safe, try to do both at the same time".
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.